CHRISTOPHER TO START CUP RACE AT NHIS By Mike Twist
For the Hottest Driver in the Northeast, It's Just Another Racecar
Ted Christopher has driven in over 50 races so far this season. The cars that he has run have ranged from a NASCAR Modified to a PASS Pro Stock (Super Late Model) to a winged Supermodified. Sunday, he will add a NASCAR Nextel Cup car to that list.
Christopher was the driver of Kirk Shelmerdine’s #72 Cup car in Friday’s practice and qualifying sessions for the New England 300 at the New Hampshire International Speedway. Although he wasn’t fast enough to get into the field on his qualifying time, Christopher will start the race 42nd with a provisional.
The team made steady progress through the day.
“I didn’t get much practice with it, but it kept getting faster and faster,” said Christopher. “We picked up a full second in practice and then another second and a half for qualifying. If I can pick up another second and a half in Happy Hour, I’m winning that race on Sunday!
TC gets ready to qualify the Nextel Cup machine of Kirk Shelmerdine. (51 Photo)
This will be Christopher’s third career NASCAR Cup race. His previous two starts both came on the road course at Watkins Glen International (NY). One race was in his own car and one came as a relief driver for Dick Trickle in Junie Donlavey’s #90 car. Christopher had a top ten running going in that race before engine problems sidelined him before the finish.
The Cup car is not the only machine that Christopher will be running this weekend. He qualified on the pole for the NASCAR Modified race at NHIS. The event was scheduled for Friday, but delayed by rain until late on Saturday afternoon. Immediately after the checkered flag waves for that race, Christopher will rush up I-93 to the White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) to take part in the PASS feature at that track behind the wheel of the #34 Clinton Teague machine.
Because of the tight schedule, Christopher might not be at White Mountain in time for practice or qualifying. He was trying to figure out his back-up plan for that scenario on Friday evening.
Christopher and his crew take cover from rain showers that moved the NASCAR Modified feature at New Hampshire back to Saturday aftenoon. (51 Photo)
On Friday, Christopher had planned on renting a helicopter to go from New Hampshire to Stafford Spring, Connecticut to take part in the SK Modified feature at the Stafford Motor Speedway. He is the point leader at that track and also heads up the current New England regional NASCAR Dodge Short Track standings because of the fact. However, rain also washed out that program for the evening and Christopher was able to actually spend a nigth without any racing.
Speed 51 will have full coverage of Christopher’s Saturday races in New Hampshire throughout the weekend.